Tadpole to buy portable systems competitor RDI

Tadpole Technology Plc., a British manufacturer of portable servers and
notebooks built with Sun Microsystems Inc.’s UltraSparc processor, is acquiring
competitor RDI Computer Corp. of Carlsbad, Calif., for $6 million.


Tadpole’s chairman, Lars Turndal, said RDI’s UltraBook products will
complement Tadpole’s VoyagerIIi line, which also uses the UltraSparc. He said Tadpole
will continue selling RDI’s PrecisionBook line of portable Unix workstations powered
by Hewlett-Packard PA-RISC processors.


The Air Force, Army, Navy, CIA, FBI and National Security Agency use RDI and Tadpole
computers. The agencies can continue to buy from the two companies’ resellers after
the acquisition, Williams said.


Tadpole’s U.S. subsidiary, Tadpole Technology Inc. of Austin, Texas, makes a
portable Sun server that weighs 10 pounds, not including the monitor, RDI spokeswoman
Tamara Williams said.


Contact RDI at 760-929-0992.

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